Flint Hills Death Ride - Trail, Madison, Kansas

Flint Hills Death Ride - Trail, Madison, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

100k (more like 80 miles) of Country Roads. Much harder and more enjoyable than the Hotter than Hell which happens at the same time.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 07, 2010]
Mark McDaniel
Weekend Warrior

My 2009 Deathride jersey is MIA also. I paid $100.00 for a jersey and extra shirt in july 2009 and it is now August 2010. The people who run this ride couldn't even run a popcorn stand in my opinion. They are claiming a 5 week production time for the 2010 jerseys, yeah right. It gets worse every year. It took 6 months to get them in 2008 and now 1 year and counting for 1009. Maybe we will get them for Christmas, but I wouldn't bet on it. I will never participate in a ride these people are associated with and wouldn't recomend anyone do this ride or any ride they put on. They totally suck.

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3
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3
[Jul 27, 2010]
Chris Bailey
Weekend Warrior

Totally awesome test for your mind body & soul! I had a blast, felt like I was racing myself the whole way, kept pushing harder til the finish. The 2010 ride was perfect conditions, it rained the night before & the temperature never exceeded 82 degrees. The rain washed out some downhill runs but it also eliminated the dust. Mostly unmaintenanced fire roads with a couple country gravel roads. I loved the experience & found it way worth the money. The SAG stops were well stocked & maintained by friendly folk who would do anything to make your ride more comfortable. I will definitely do this ride again next year & I am recommending to my fellow endurance cyclist buddies to give it a run.

Customer Service

Changes a bit every year depending on conditions & accessiblity.

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5
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3
[Jun 20, 2010]
redneck biker
Weekend Warrior

I've finished the ride for the last 3 years. (07,08,09) The course is a challenging course for most of us non racers. The heat being the worst. Then the wind followed by the hills and distance. I had good experiences the first 2 years but last year was a different story. It started before the ride when I found out for 50 bucks, I wouldn't get a meal. They didn't buy any extra meal tickets from the local reseurant, besides those who preregestered. Then at the end of the ride I didn't know that the 80 bucks I paid to get a jersey would simply dissapear. That's right. Still haven't got my jersey from 2009, (its now June 2010). The group that puts the ride on won't respond what so ever. Been trying for months to contact them.
Price continues to go up for this ride as the services go down. I don't recomend this ride unless you've got lot's of money to waste.
redneck biker

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2
VALUE
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3
[Jul 30, 2008]
Wakarusageorge
Weekend Warrior

This was my first ride, so this may be most useful to others like me who wondered: what would a ride like this be like? I had a blast and hope to be there next year. The 2008 ride was 83 miles of mostly hardpack gravel, starting in Madison, Kansas, and going north as far as 130 Road just west of the Emporia airport, then back south, and then west of I-35, back east across I-35, and then up into some of the highest and most scenic spots at the top of the Flint Hills. There were substantial uphill sections, some into a stiff south wind. The ground was occasionally loamy. Cows and cow pies were part of the scenery. The last started as mostly rolling hills, then turned into a a white knuckle-descent. One short killer hill right after the last SAG stop tested resolve. The last section covered mountain bike conditions, partly over roads closed to cars and trucks. The organizers provided ample food and water and friendly service at the four stops. A fair number of cyclo-cross riders seemed to have no difficulty, though I suspect they had some difficult with the very rocky sections on the closed section.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Dec 27, 2007]
Bill Smith
Weekend Warrior

It has been very interesting to have a Google Alert for Blogs on "Kansas Flint Hills!"
Yours came up today!
We have a 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promoting visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – this is the website: http://www.kansasflinthills.travel/
Our web site is to promote the Kansas Flint Hills; and we were so happy to be in the 22 page color photo spread in National Geographic's April Issue on the Kansas Flint Hills, as a distinctive landscape. We are now working to get the Kansas Flint Hills designated as a National Heritage Area.

We would appreciate a link from your site, to ours, if you are willing to do so. THANKS!
Best wishes!

Bill ;-)

Personal Blog: http://flinthillsofkansas.blogspot.com/

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3
VALUE
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5
[Dec 27, 2007]
mtbjosh
Cross Country Rider

I read about this a few years ago and after lots of searching finally tracked it down earlier this year. The website has changed from the past. Checkout the new one at http://flinthillsdeathride.com.

This is a fantastic ride and I flew in from Phoenix just to ride a piece of good ol Kansas. Good times and much harder than one would think for a gravel road ride in the rolling flint hills. This years race had rain early followed by hot hot hot heat afterwards which made for a torturous ride from start to finish. I'd highly recommend it though!

Here is a youtube video I put together from this years race.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gpiDxLl8lEA

Cheers,

Josh
orthojosh@gmail.com

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5
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5
[Feb 06, 2004]
CapAmerica67
Weekend Warrior

This ride is definitely an accomplishment to remember in your life if you're willing to take the challenge. It will change you mentally and mature you psychologically - if you finish. Last year was first year and only 80 riders rode due to heavy rains and flooding. Only 78 finished, 2 quit, 41 did a shortened route while 37 did the full 80+ miles (inlcuding me). Definitely worth the trip. A quality, memorable ride.

Customer Service

Follow map given at start of ride. Plenty of riders to ride with for encouragement to 'suck it up and deal with it'!

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4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 11, 2003]
jbembe
Cross Country Rider

Spectacularly Butt-Whippin' Ride Everyone Must Try to Complete. I have done this every year and this is the 5th year in a row I'm going to try and complete it. I simply love the brutal punishment from trying to finish this ride. Better than the hotter than hell, and happens August 31rst. Road posers can do the hotternhell, I'll take a few extra hours and drive up to Kansas for the DEATH ride. Simply fantastic, check out their website @ http://www.deathride.org/

Customer Service

Follow Map given to you at ride start

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4
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5
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